graphic portrait Soroush A.

Renaissance portrait


Main photos

Final work



I chose a famous portrait of “Napoleon Bonaparte” for my Renaissance portrait because I wanted it to be recognizable. So I put two different signature of the casual fashion of almost every teenage boys, Canada Goose sign on the shoulder, and Timberland sign on the boot. For representing the place that I consider it as home I chose two significant symbol of Toronto, Drake, and the CN tower in the mountains. The hardest part of this project was placing my face neatly on the main face of Napoleon. The other hard part of this project was to add the same texture of the actual paint to the objects that I added, which I solved the problem by adding noise and changing the colour balance. The coolest part of this project was the whole of it because it was a different project from the others and I enjoyed it a lot. And the useful part of this project was the Photoshop skills that I achieved which I’ll use them for the next projects in future.


10 Thumbnails

3 Roughs

Original photo


Final work



For this project I tried to represent a daily struggle that I have in my life, which is thinking a lot about almost everything and my problems, which explodes my mind but I try to be happy at the same time and enjoy my life as well. So I showed that idea by depicting my head exploding while I’m laughing which represents the happiness during the struggle. I made my head shattered and add some painting texture on my photo to make my work more natural. The coolest part of this project was thinking about the idea that real life can be surreal in different point of view which is so ironic. I will definitely use the skills that I learnt during this project in my next assignments because it was one the most challenging tasks that I’ve had so far in this course, which made to think more and also search more for it which is a useful skill for every other projects.

portrait photagraphy

#1 Back light
#2 Side light
#3 Front light


First of all, I wanted to use almost every type of lighting that I learnt from Steve Carty. So for the first photograph I chose back light which makes the model brighter, and the background darker. I put the exposure on three and used the hard light to make the model brighter and focus on the lighting that I used. I chose this lighting for this pose of the model to depict the summer mood. For the second photo I used side light to show the little detail of the model’s skin and to make a shadow on the other side of her face which make her face more serous and kind of sad as well. For the third photo which is my favorite one I used front light and a little bit of booming light to focusing on every detail of the model and show the anger and frustration in his face.

At the beginning Steve Carty thought us about the basic elements of lighting which are front light, side light, and back light. Then he told us about the different zone and areas that we can place our light for taking photo and the distance that we should keep from the model. He said that we have two zone on the ground for placing the lights, Safe zone which you take photo properly, and Extreme zone which you can focus on the details by placing the light there.

The skills that I learnt from Steve were tremendously useful for portrait photography, specially the ways that I learnt for using the lights are not just useful for photography in fact they are even useful for filming as well. And I’m so glad that we had that workshop with him.

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